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Ithaca City School Districts $120 Million Dollar Capital Project Plan

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ITHACA N.Y.(WENY)-- Over the course of the next few months, community members in Ithaca will have the opportunity to learn about a long-term project aimed to create a better learning experience for the students of tomorrow. The Ithaca City School District is unveiling a $120 million capital improvement project which will be implemented over the next 10 years.

"It will allow us to enhance our instructional spaces to meet their needs, provide some mental health supports to our spaces, to provide additional support to our co-curricular programs, provide safety and security that our parents and young people are asking for. Do all the things that we say we need to do," says Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of Ithaca School District
 
One of the big priorities on the list includes major security upgrades, which will be district-wide.
"You're going to see entrances that will have two doors, you will enter, there will be a vestibule, and the next door is locked and you need to then identify yourself in order to get through the next level," says Brad Grainger, Chair of the Finance and facilities committee
Officials say they do not anticipate an impact to the tax rate in the community if the project is approved.
"We currently have a debt service line item in our budget, it's about 7.0% of our total budget, so each year going back to 2007 we had a bond project, we have an entry performance contract, so  we should be spending about seven percent of our budget on capital improvements and enhancements and infrastructure maintenance and we will continue to do just that," says Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of Ithaca School District

There will be two more public presentations on the Capital Project on December 13th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Southside Community Center and on January 17th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Boynton Middle School. The public will be asked to approve the final plan. That vote is expected to take place in May of 2019
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